Teas will be available at the three Tea & Coffee Shops in Alresford - Tiffens (West Street), Courtyard Tea Room (Broad Street Arcade) and Caracoli (Broad Street) will be open for refreshments also.
Dipley Mill Dipley Road, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 8JP
A romantic adventure awaits as you wander by the meandering streams surrounding this Domesday Book listed mill! Explore many magical areas, such as the Rust garden, the pill-box grotto or the ornamental courtyard. Or just escape into wild meadows. 'One of the most beautiful gardens in Hampshire' according to Alan Titchmarsh in his TV programme 'Love Your Garden'
Open: Sunday 5, 26 May (1-5) Visitors also welcome by appt Apr to Sept
Berry Cottage, Farringdon, nr Alton, Hampshire
Small organic cottage garden with all-yr interest. Spring bulbs, roses, clematis and herbaceous borders. Pond and bog garden. Shrubbery and small kitchen garden
Open: Sundays 6 May (2.30-6)
Rotherfield Park, East Iisted, Hampshire
Take some ancient ingredients: ice house, ha-ha, lime avenue; add a walled garden, fruit and vegetables, trees and hedges; set this 12-acre plot in an early C19 park (picnic here from noon) with views to coin clichés about. Mix in a bluebell wood and grass amphitheatre
Open: Sun 5 May (2-5, picnic in the park from noon)
Little Court, Crawley, Nr. Winchester, Hampshire
3-acre traditional C19 country garden in contrasting walled sections. Carpets of crocus, prolific summer flowers, giving harmonious colour throughout the year, with fine lawns. Walled kitchen garden, a house in an ash tree suitable for all ages, and extensive farmland views. A garden of great tranquillity loved by artists and photographers
Open: Thursday 16, Sunday 19 May (2.00 - 5.00)
Tanglefoot (part of Crawley Gardens group), Crawley, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2QB
Designed and developed by owners since 1976, Tanglefoot’s ˝-acre garden is a blend of influences, from Monet-inspired rose arch and small wildlife pond to Victorian boundary wall with trained fruit trees. Highlights include a raised lily pond, wild-flower meadow, herbaceous bed (a riot of colour later in the summer), herb wheel, large productive kitchen garden and unusual flowering plants
Open: Thur 16, Sun 19 May (2-5.30)
Brick Kiln Cottage, The Avenue, Herriard, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG25 2PR
New Garden for 2012 Cottage garden in a bluebell wood. Woodland garden in 2 acres incl natural water feature, billabong, stumpery and ferny hollow. Tree house (children must be accompanied by an adult). Woodland walk.
Open: Saturday 11 May (12-5)
Crawley Gardens, nr Winchester, Hampshire
Exceptionally pretty village with thatched houses, C14 church and village pond. A different combination of gardens opens each month from April to July providing seasonal interest from gardens with varied character and style; most gardens benefit from fine country views. Enjoy the spring gardens at Paige Cottage and Gable Cottage, and the 3-acre traditional English country garden at Little Court with carpets of spring bulbs. In late spring and summer, other gardens join in, with traditional and contemporary approaches to landscape and planting, from the rill, pleached limes and prairie style borders at Bay Tree House, the colour-themed borders, herb wheel, and productive kitchen garden at Tanglefoot, with its traditional Victorian boundary wall, to the exuberant scramble of clematis, roses, jasmine and bee-loving plants at Barn Cottage. See the waterfalls at Gable Cottage and the grass labyrinth and tree house at Little Court which appeals to all ages!
Open: Sunday 13, Tuesday 15 May Note: not all gardens are open on all days; please see NGS website for details
Dean House, Kilmeston, Hampshire
The 9 acres have been described as 'a well-kept secret hidden beside the elegant facade of its Georgian centrepiece' with mixed and herbaceous borders, symmetrical rose garden, pond garden, working walled garden and glasshouses, sweeping lawns, York stone and gravel pathways and many young and mature trees and hedges
Open: Wednesday 22 May (12-5)
Weir House, Abbotstone Road, Old Alresford, Hampshire
Spectacular riverside garden. Contemporary vegetable and cut-flower garden incorporating many different crops, surprising uses for scaffolding and painters' ladders and sculptures by Mark Merer. Children can use the playground at their own risk. Newly designed pool garden.
Open: Sunday 26 May (2-5).